Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

2,576 Ratings
Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The deep ebony color, voluptuous mahogany head and bold, roasty flavors in our Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout are what serious beer drinkers expect from this style. Aromas of freshly baked bread, espresso, and dried cherries meld seamlessly with rich toffee flavors and a creamy mouth feel to create an unparalleled drinking experience.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Garnet-tinged black with violet-shaded cocoa froth that unfortunately fades fast.
Sweet latte, char, and chocolate brownie nose - intricate.
Chocolate shake, black grape, a roasty bite and slight woody hops.
Mint and coffee bean finish and tingling mildly spicy linger.
Medium, oily, chewy, smooth. Thins out as it warms, unfortunately.

Wow, is this easy to drink. Dead smooth, lots of chocolate and round body. It's almost too easy, I miss some hop bite. 12039 dating indicates a Feburary bottling, which probably explains that; I'd like to taste it fresher. It also lacks a bit of body, which is supposed to be a strength in oatmeal stouts. One of those I like to drink, more than it's necessarily great.

A silky, sessionable oatmeal stout.

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Photo of DWolf
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of benimmyeo
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of zbooks
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Hacksaw34
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of cliff1066
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of sloelco
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of cincybranr
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of orprince
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of mooseo
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Midnight black, opaque with a small tan head.

S - Sweet roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, with a hint of vanilla cream.

T - A mix of sweet roast, coffee, milk chocolate, and smoked wood. Earthy floral hops lend some balance. Hints of vanilla and dark fruit show up as the beer warms.

M - Very smooth and creamy, medium body. Mild carbonation with a dry finish.

O - This is a very pleasant and tasty oatmeal stout. Lots of roast with some smoky flavors as well. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of SColl
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date Dec. 4, 2012
Type/ Style Oatmeal Stout
Package 12 oz Bottle
Location Home
ABV 5.8%

Aroma: Lots of Malt, Coffee, Chocolate,

Appearance: Black, Ruby-Brown Edges

Body/Texture: Dry, Medium-Body, Oatmeal rounds out the edges really well.

Aftertaste: Chocolate, Coffee, Leather, Dark Malts

Overall: 3.5/5 Solid Stout, Oatmeal really provides a great mouthfeel and the flavors are well balanced and delicious.

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Photo of mcaulifww
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6er of cans for $9.99 in Los Angeles. 12 fl oz aluminum can served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings, but I have had it before.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with hard pretzels (my go-to pairing food).

A: Pours a four finger khaki-tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, and fantastic retention for the high ABV (at least five minutes). Body colour is a solid jet black. Nontransparent; opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Decent lacing.

Sm: Surprisingly tangy. Maybe even some orange zest. Out of place floral hops. Malty sweetness. Oats. A hint of roast (which should be far stronger). Biscuit malt. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. A moderately strong aroma.

T: Smooth with heavy caramel. Some cigar-esque roasty notes. The oats smoothen it. A surprisingly present floral hop character, though it's nicely disguised by the roast and caramel. I'm not getting chocolate or coffee. Biscuit malt, chocolate malt, dark malts. Creamy. Very well balanced. This is one tasty beverage. The orange zest from the aroma is nowhere to be found; maybe it was just the hops. I quite fancy it. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth from the rolled oats. Wet. Never too light. Good presence on the palate. Good thickness.

Dr: A very drinkable oatmeal stout. Hides its ABV very well. I'm really enjoying this and will have no trouble finishing it. I'd recommend it to friends. I'm glad I picked up a six pack. Not as complex or subtle as a great beer in the style could be, but very solid and nicely balanced. I'd like to try this on nitro.


Pairs well with pretzels.

Probably not a good beer to age.

Serve cold, actually. It's fine, really. You don't need to wait for room temperature on this one.

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Photo of CaliMark
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of philbertk
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bomber--$4.79 + Tax at Ballard, Seattle Fred Meyer. Dark Black Color. Light tan head. Roasted mild hop front. Slightly oatmeal creamy sweet roasted mocha chocolate doughy body. Smooth clean end. Very drinkable flavorful Stout. 5.7% ABV--13 IBU's.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of gpogo
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Opaque black body with a tan colored head that dropped to a foam cap.

A- Sweet malt with some dark fruit aroma. Slightly sour.

T- Sweet and smooth body. Light roasted bitterness, but some definite roasty flavors. Slightly soured fruit in the back. Light chocolate flavor aftertaste.

M- Medium-full body with light carbonation.

D- Refreshing enjoyable beer. The sourness was a bit strange.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of jkrich
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: nearly black pour with a creamy, beige head that receded quickly.

The aroma was slightly sour and fruity; quite different than I expected from a stout.

The flavor begins with a surprisingly soft, fruity and faintly sour taste. There are hints of molasses, dates and cocoa. I was surprised by the lack of roastiness, but this is an extremely flavorful stout. The flavors remind a great deal of Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout.

Silky smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation, the medium bodied stout leaves pleasant and light semi-sweet chocolate flavor on the palate.

This one is very quaffable and refreshing and at the very top of the list for oatmeal stouts. I only wish the bottle had a freshness date.

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 2,576 ratings.
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